King In Black: Thunderbolts #1

Event\Storyline: King in Black Writer: Matthew Rosenberg Artist: Juan Ferreyra Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 13, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 21
8.3Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

An army of evil space dragons have come to attack Earth and are starting with New York. MAYOR FISK has a plan for that. Assembling a group of killers, mercenaries, and just generally pretty horrible people like TASKMASTER, RHINO, STAR, MR. FEAR, and BATROC THE LEAPER, Mayor Fisk tasks them with saving the city or die trying...or die right then and there. The fate of the entire world may rest in the hands of the absolute worst people in the Marvel Universe. What could go wrong?

Rated T+

  • 10
    AIPT - Chris Showalter Jan 11, 2021

    Oozing with thrilling action, humor, and gorgeous artwork, King in Black: Thunderbolts #1 is pure fun. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comics Bookcase - Jacob Cordas Jan 13, 2021

    A textbook example of how great an event tie-in comic can be, King In Black Thunderbolts #1 is phenomenally told, fantastically drawn, and just so goddamn good. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken Jan 16, 2021

    Juan Ferreyra's artwork perfectly matches the comic's dark and comical tone. He's especially great at the facial expressions matching the crazy nature of all its characters. Ferreyra's panels and Rosenberg's story pair well together. I would say that Thunderbolts #1 is like watching a train wreck happen in real-time, and I mean that in a good way. You already know everything is going to go wrong, but how is fun to watch and keeps you guessing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jan 23, 2021

    Of all the King in Black tie-ins so far (and there have been many), Thunderbolts shows the most promise for something more. This is the one I most want to see turned into an ongoing series. It's too fun not to have this group of weirdos and B-list villains go on missions around the world. There's certainly a Suicide Squad vibe to this iteration and it works very well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jake Palermo Jan 13, 2021

    In the dire situation of King In Black features a good story about an ensemble of supervillains trying to keep control in what may serve as a climax to the event. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Mike Eakins Jan 11, 2021

    At times Rosenbergs offering feels like a modern-day Goonies story with super heroes and it works! What he manages to pull off towards the end and at the end with the reveal with a huge tease just cements what I said earlier about this book and its creative team. Dont miss out on King in Black: Thunderbolts #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jan 13, 2021

    Thunderbolts #1 is a hard one for me to judge or to "critique". I mean, story-wise, it is a fun and interesting story that I will follow the next two issues, but I wouldn't say you absolutely must pick it up. If you want any and everything King in Black then, yes, grab it. Or just looking for something more lighthearted to read. Juan Ferreyra always delivers spectacular visuals and that is no different in Thunderbolts #1. So, I guess if you are wanting something fun and good to look at then you won't be disappointed in Thunderbolts #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jan 14, 2021

    Thunderbolts #1 is a very good tie-in to the bigger King in Black event. Matthew Rosenberg takes us into the event without being bogged down by everything going on. Were able to focus on the characters, which is what Rosenberg is best at. The pencils and colors by Juan Ferretra are unique and fitting to this story. Thunderbolts #1 is one of the better event tie-ins so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Lucas Fashina Jan 15, 2021

    The Rosenberg creative team has essentially done what I did not think was possible, in that I care about a Thunderbolts title. I can see the vision of why each character was added and now I want to see what happens. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - CJ Jan 11, 2021

    King in Black: Thunderbolts #1 revives one of Marvel's classic teams to help save the world, bolstered by whip-smart banter and striking art. With the introduction of another figure from the Thunderbolts' past, it remains to be seen if the team can turn the tide against Knull or if they're in over their head with the hero game. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Jan 13, 2021

    If you're a fan of Ostrander's Suicide Squad or similar set ups, then you are bound to get a kick out of this. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Jan 11, 2021

    KING IN BLACK: THUNDERBOLTS #1 is mainly for individuals that are fans of TASKMASTER, STAR, or BATROC THE LEAPER. Yes, its a KING IN BLACK related title but other than it taking place in New York City, as well as having some symbiotes sprinkled in, youd never really see its connection or purpose to the main event. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Jan 12, 2021

    Another good fun tie in to the King in Black event, while not essential readings it’s a fun, energetic read that will appeal to more than just completists. Fans of the Thunderbolts, in any of their iterations, will be sure to enjoy it, as will fans of Cates’ run on Venom and the King in Black event. Good writing expertly fuses horror and comedy, with art that fits perfectly in with the style of the story to produce a good, fun tie in. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Multiversity Comics - Luke Cornelius Jan 18, 2021

    "King in Black: Thunderbolts" #1 is a solid and entertaining tie-in, with characters who might just convince you to return for issue #2. Read Full Review

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